Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick and Carl Grimes Stand Together on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8: “Too Far Gone”

The midseason premiere of The Walking Dead Season 4 picked up right where the midseason finale left off — with the messy aftermath of The Governor’s (David Morrissey) deadly attack on the prison. Michonne (Danai Gurira) went back to the former safe haven to put zombie Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) out of his misery, and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) fled in search of a new secure location.

Carl led the way, refusing to wait for his injured dad, and as the father-son duo made their way into a residential neighborhood and settled down in an abandoned house, it was clear that Carl blamed his dad for the death and destruction The Gov caused. In fact, as Rick lay sleeping, Carl held him responsible for pretty much everyone’s deaths. “I don’t need you anymore. … You couldn’t protect Judith, you couldn’t protect Hershel, or Glenn, or Maggie, Michonne, Daryl. Or Mom. You just wanted to plant vegetables. You just wanted to hide.  He knew where we were and you didn’t care,” he yelled. Ouch!

And while Carl concluded that lovely rant by telling Rick,“I’d be fine if you died,” not everyone blames the former cop for everything that’s gone wrong since this whole mess started. When Wetpaint Entertainment asked Viggle LIVE! users if The Governor’s bloody massacre was all Rick’s fault, 57 percent of those who responded felt The Gov would’ve gotten his revenge no matter what Rick did. Still, 43 percent of users agreed with Carl and felt that Rick was at fault.

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Even though Carl still has a lot of anger towards his pops, he ultimately realized that he really wouldn’t be fine if Rick croaked. When Carl thought Rick was dead in the middle of the night, he instinctively backed away for fear of getting bit, but couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger when he thought Rick had turned. This teen may still love pudding and video games, but he’s not quite ready to survive in this world all on his own.

Rick and Carl may have been the focus of Episode 9 — and Carl may believe that Rick is a “failure” — but we’re still expecting even more changes in their relationship as the back half of the season continues.

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